It is a common thought that crosses my mind when I see questionable actions around a concussion situation. Unfortunately I don’t have the power to get the answers, so I basically post them on here for others to see.
This is not the case in Australian Rules Football; if you are team and you receive a “please explain” regarding an injury (mainly concussions) you are probably treading on thin ice.
There is a mechanism in AFL that formally puts teams and doctors on notice when things just don’t add up. Take for example the handling of a concussion by the North Melbourne Roos;
Interim Kangaroos chief executive Cameron Vale emailed AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson on Monday after the Roos were told to respond to a ”please explain” issued by the league last week.
The Kangaroos have been under investigation over the manner in which they handled Hansen after he received a heavy knock against Essendon in round 20, and also for the way they have responded to AFL investigators Brett Clothier and Abraham Haddad in recent weeks.
The AFL has been unimpressed with the club’s handling of the issue, although the Kangaroos have bristled at suggestions football manager Donald McDonald had influenced the testimony of key figures involved.
The letter is not the first step, rather the end step in a process that allows the medical board of the AFL to investigate how the practices of player protection is put in place. Is it oversight? You bet and I feel that the AFL does something much-needed in all professional sports. Really, it is only applicable to the pros because of the resources, however it could translate to large colleges as well.
In Zurich I spoke to Dr. McCrory about what they do in regards to this, here are the basics; Continue reading